Shared Housing Metro

Shared Housing for Professionals in Metropolitan Areas

You might be surprised how many people are looking for others to live with, not just as housemates but as long-term friends who back each other up. The examples and resources below can show you how, and ICmatch is where you can figure out who.

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Steps to find working housemates & rent together

  1. Defining a common interest can be an important first step. For example, do you want an IC of all singles without children so that you can entertain with late parties and alcohol? Are you seeking a group in similar and complementary professions? Do you want diversity of age or a specific age range? Do you want to hire for cooking and housekeeping or share those chores?
  2. New recruits can be found thru personal and professional networks. Inviting those interested to create a profile with ICmatch.org can help you identify whether potential members that have a common purpose, lifestyle, or values. Unlike shared housing host companies, ICmatch focuses on finding compatible people first, then together finding housing, rather than joining a group that you may or may not be compatible with.
  3. Decide who will manage bills and other responsibilities that maintain the residence long term. Prominently display house rules, including how group decisions are made, timing of regular meetings, and how chores are assigned. Keep a record of decisions made and who is responsible to implement each decision.
  4. Set the initial culture and governance style carefully, because it will likely be perpetuated as people inevitably leave and new members arrive.
  5. Although you can move to a different rental if a more ideal location is found, this will be increasingly complex as members are added. Take the time to start with the most ideal location for your core group. Make sure you know the local regulations about renter numbers and whether or not you are allowed to sublet.
  6. If you discover thru ICmatch a shared interest in activities that require (a) expensive equipment for recreational activities or (b) space and expensive tools for work, create a contract for sharing these and scheduling when they are available to each member.
  7. Groups with a high trust level can substantially lower costs by sharing a family cell phone plan, internet service, buddy pass for gym memberships, and service subscriptions of many types such as professional databases, music, or movies.

Examples

The Supernuclear blog has tips and stories about living with a group of friends in over-priced big city apartments.

A New York City co-op in progress describes its founding as the Brooklyn Cohousing Group.

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Resources

For additional ideas, see the section Minimize Cost of Living in the page Neighborhood sharing economy project, and resources sections for other group type pages.

Access here an example of a shared-house intentional community rules refined over a decade.